Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

December 17, 2005

NATIONAL

Bush move a first, analysts say

President Bush is exerting a wholly unprecedented, but perhaps legally defensible, use of executive power in authorizing domestic spying without a court-approved warrant, several national security analysts said. pg 1a

WORLD

Hamas wins sweeping victories

The Islamic militant group Hamas won sweeping victories in local elections in some of the West Bank's largest cities, according to preliminary results released yesterday. The vote was a considerable blow to Fatah, which has fractured since the death of Yasser Arafat. pg 1a

MARYLAND

FBI probes alleged abuse

The FBI is investigating the alleged abuse of teen offenders at an Eastern Shore boot camp that was shut down last year after complaints about mistreatment of "cadets" at the Lower Shore DRILL Academy near Salisbury. pg 1b

Police file gambling charges

Police who raided an illegal poker tournament at the Owl's Nest in South Baltimore on Nov. 2 have filed gambling charges against the club's co-managers, as well as a security guard, two barmaids and a number of card dealers. pg 1b

TODAY

Actor John Spencer, 58, dies

John Spencer, whose character on The West Wing survived a serious illness to run for vice president, died of a heart attack yesterday in Los Angeles. He was 58. pg 1c

AmeriDebt founder investigated

U.S. postal inspectors are looking into the business activities of AmeriDebt Inc. founder Andris Pukke as part of a larger criminal investigation into the credit-counseling industry. pg 8d

SPORTS

League-worst Royals sign three

Free-agent infielders Doug Mientkiewicz and Mark Grudzielanek agreed to one-year contracts with baseball's worst team from last season, the Kansas City Royals, who also gave an $8 million, two-year deal to pitcher Scott Elarton. pg 4d

BUSINESS

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